IPM News and Events Roundup 9/2/2022

IPM News and Events Roundup

A weekly collection of IPM news, webinars, employment and funding opportunities, and more from the Northeastern IPM Center

If you have IPM-related research, events, or other IPM news you would like to have included, please email Jerrie Haines at jlh472@cornell.edu. If you would like to subscribe to the weekly Roundup, please email northeastipm@cornell.edu. Past Roundups are archived on our website.

Northeastern IPM Center News

2022 Outstanding Achievements in IPM Award

We are now accepting nominations for this year’s Outstanding Achievements in Integrated Pest Management Award, which aims to recognize one professional and one student based on their efforts and accomplishments in IPM. Winners receive $500 each and agree to provide a story for the Northeastern IPM Center website and/or newsletter and social media outlets, and/or to present a webinar hosted by the Northeastern IPM Center.

We are seeking nominations of growers, consultants, researchers, educators, managers, and college/university students in the Northeast region. To submit a nomination, you must be a grower, consultant, researcher, educator, or manager working in IPM. Alternatively, you may co-nominate with someone who meets those criteria.

Learn more or submit a nomination.

Deadline has been Extended!

Nominations now due by Friday, October 21, 2022.

This fall, the Northeastern IPM Center will launch a series of webinars to highlight and foster diversity in integrated pest management (IPM). We have invited presenters from historically marginalized groups to discuss topics related to their research, or to share their perspectives on overcoming barriers and succeeding in their chosen profession.

Evaluating IWM Approaches for Maryland and Mid-Atlantic Vegetable Production Systems

September 12, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Register at cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_wEn1MDzDSG-wM5o-pBYimw


As I Heal, So Does the Land: A Story About Blackness, Conservation, and Healing in America

October 4, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register at cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_dmqLwZ1pTF2n0wIlSUchVw


Utilization of Biologicals and Bio fumigation for Effective Management of Soilborne Diseases in Fruits and Vegetables

October 5, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register at cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_RCI8senWTVqndt85FCP5CA


Non-traditional Areas for IPM Careers and the Associated Challenges for 2SLGBTQIA+ Individuals in Pursuing Them

December 7, 2022, 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Register at cornell.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_s3qDbj5hQoCrFDCJsaN-Cw


Connect with the Northeastern IPM Center

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Spotted Lanternfly Outreach

To help in the tracking of SLF in NYS, we are looking for dates of first observed egg masses this summer or fall.  If/when you find an egg mass, please send a quick email to, Dan Olmstead @ dlo6@cornell.edu with date of detection and location (lat,lon). We need to validate and adjust the new SLF tracking model available here https://newa.cornell.edu/spotted-lanternfly which is based on 2021 published research.

Take a Look at Penn State's Spotted Lanternfly News (Penn State)


Helpful links:

StopSLF.org (hosted by NE IPM Center)

SLF pest alert

Report SLF sighting in NYS

New York State Integrated Pest Management

NYS Department of Agriculture and Markets

Have you seen a SLF check sheet

SLF Management Calendar


Research in the News

Flavonoids from Sorghum Plants Kill Fall Armyworm Pest on Corn; May Protect Crop (Penn State | August 23, 2022)

Flavonoids produced by sorghum leaves have shown promising results in combating fall armyworm larvae. When sprayed on the leaves of corn, sorghum flavonoids stunt the growth of fall armyworm and often kill the pest, Penn State researchers report in a new study.

Hessian Fly and Early Planted Wheat and Barley (Penn State Extension | August 30, 2022)

Planting wheat and barley too early can unintentionally build populations of Hessian fly, an uncommon pest that can cause big problems.

Avoiding Viruses in Small Grain Crops (Penn State Extension | August 31, 2022)

Clean seed, variety selection, and green bridge elimination are just some of the pointers in avoiding diseases in small grains.

A Guide to Ecological Strategies (SARE- Sustainable Agricultural Research Education)

The basic philosophy behind the book is that understanding the biology of weeds is critical to ecological weed management. Ecological management of weeds is information intensive rather than input intensive. This book is intended to provide the information you need to grow crops without synthetic herbicides, great expense or backbreaking work. By understanding how weeds work as organisms in the context of your farm ecosystem, the task of weed management becomes easier. By learning about the biology of weeds that cause you problems and then exploiting their weaknesses you can make weed management an integral part of your overall management effort. That does not mean that learning about particular weed control practices is useless. On the contrary, ecological weed management depends on a large bag of tricks. The key to success, however, lies in knowing when to apply a particular tactic, and that requires an understanding of how weeds operate, both in general and as particular species.

Pulsed Light Technology Effectively Kills Harmful Pathogens in New Study (Penn State | August 16, 2022)

The pulsed light technique shows promise as an effective alternative to the chemical, heat and water-based antimicrobial technologies commonly used in the food industry — and could be applicable more generally in sanitized environments such as hospitals, water treatment facilities and pharmaceutical plants, according to the researchers.

Study Suggests One-Third of Wild Bee Species in Pa. have Declined in Abundance (Penn State | August 29, 2022)

Findings from their recently published study, the researchers contend, demonstrate the value of standardized, season-wide sampling across multiple years for identifying patterns in bee biodiversity and monitoring population trends among species.

The Importance of Species Selection in Cover Crop Mixture Design (Cambridge University Press | May 30, 2022)

Cover crops are increasingly being included in crop rotations as a mechanism to promote diversity and provide agroecosystem services, including weed suppression. Recently, cover crop mixtures have increased in popularity to provide a greater diversity in ecological services as compared with

monocultures. Several recent studies, however, have failed to detect a positive effect of cover crop diversity on biomass production or weed suppression.

Harmful Pesticides Found in Milkweeds from Retail Nurseries (Xerces Society | August 31, 2022)

A new study released in Biological Conservation found harmful levels of pesticides in milkweed plants purchased from retail nurseries across the United States. Pesticides were found in all plants tested, raising alarms for monarch conservation efforts that rely on planting milkweed sourced from

commercial nurseries. Fortunately, the limited residues on some plants indicated that it’s possible to grow milkweed in a pollinator-friendly manner.

Other News

Report Large, Striped-Eyed Grasshoppers (King5.com | August 5, 2022)

Although there is no evidence of an established population in Washington state, WSDA and the U.S. Department of Agriculture are gathering information about the insect to determine its potential risk.

Egyptian grasshoppers are seen as a minor pest in their native habitats. However, they could be an occasional pest to crops, orchards and vineyards, according to WSDA.

Acadia National Park's Invasive Plant Species Problem Worsening with Climate Change (NewsCenterMaine.com | August 25, 2022)

Biologists at Acadia National Park have been managing invasive plants for years, but “climate change is exacerbating the issue,” according to Acadia vegetation biologist Jesse Wheeler.

Most Valuable Crops Grown In New York (Stacker.com | August 26, 2022)

There are more than 2 million farms in the United States, about 98% of which are operated by families, individuals, family partnerships, or family corporations, according to the American Farm Bureau Federation. About 86% of all agricultural products in America are produced on family ranches or farms. A single farm feeds an average of 166 people per year, both in the U.S. and abroad. Even so, farming is a mere sliver of the U.S. economy, representing just 1% of America’s GDP—farm and ranch families make up less than 2% of America’s population.

Serious New Invasive Pest, the Citrus Root Weevil, has Arrived in Leon County, Florida (Tallahassee Democrat | August 26, 2022)

The citrus root weevil (Diaprepes abbreviatus) is a new invasive insect pest of specialty crops in Leon County. First specimens of the insect were collected at the FAMU Center for Viticulture and Small Fruit Research over the summer from satsuma mandarin trees.

Agricultural Environmental Management Plans on New York State Grown & Certified Farms (Department of Agriculture and Markets)

The Department and the New York State Soil and Water Conservation Committee are pleased to announce the availability of funds to support implementation of Agricultural Environmental Management (AEM) Plans on New York State Grown & Certified farms. Funding for this request for proposals comes from the Environmental Protection Fund, as part of the Ocean and Great Lakes Initiative.

New York’s Agriculture Industry:  A Resilient Part of State and Local Economies (New York State Comptroller)

The agriculture industry supports jobs and communities throughout New York State. According to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis, in 2021, agriculture in New York produced roughly $3.3 billion in gross domestic product and paid close to $1 billion in wages according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Farming is especially important to the economies of New York’s rural areas. The COVID-19 pandemic and economic shutdown led to job losses across almost all industries in New York, but the agricultural sector proved to be among the most resilient, losing just 1 percent of jobs in 2020 compared to a statewide annual employment loss of 8.7 percent. Both employment and wages in the farming sector grew in 2021 to reach new highs. In addition, farms contribute to food security in their communities, an important benefit considering pandemic-era disruptions in supply chains.

Sen. Gillibrand Touts Funds for Climate-Smart Farming (Cornell Chronicle | August 31, 2022)

U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, visited Cornell Aug. 29 to champion agricultural conservation and climate-smart farming provisions in the Inflation Reduction Act and highlight related research and extension efforts in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.

Rutgers University Hosts Regional One Health Consortium Conference (Rutgers | August 9, 2022)

In-person and virtual participants shared data and knowledge regarding ongoing efforts in their states on issues related to the health of humans, animals, and the environment. Topics included ticks and tick-borne diseases, zoonotic diseases, wildlife diseases, wildlife mortality, coordinated responses to avian influenza, the management and impact of mosquitoes, rabies, climate change, nutrition, and sustainability on all living organisms and our shared environment.



A Survey on Rodents and Their Control in Livestock Production Facilities

This is an international collaborative research project being conducted by The University of Tokyo (Japan), National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (Japan), Japan Pest Control Association (Japan), Fordham University (USA), and Cornell University (USA). This survey is anonymous, and it will take approximately 5-10 minutes.

Herbicide Survey: Help us Identify Research Priorities (Cornell Berry Blog | September 1, 2022)

With the recent documentation of evolved herbicide resistance in New York, including Palmer amaranth (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors), waterhemp (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors), horseweed (glyphosate, ALS-inhibitors, paraquat), lambsquarters (bentazon), Cornell is looking to get a better feel for the current “state of the state” with respect to herbicide performance and failure. Specifically, we want to survey growers/land managers/crop consultants/extension specialists/industry personnel, etc.…, across cropped (e.g. agronomic, vegetable, fruit), ornamental/horticultural (e.g. Christmas tree farms, golf courses), and non-cropped (e.g. industrial, roadsides) systems in NY. This survey is very short and should be QUICK to answer. It is also completely ANONYMOUS. Answers will help Cornell weed scientists plan future research and extension projects. Please access the survey using the link below.



Webinars, Seminars, Meetings, and More

Identifying and Reporting Spotted Lanternfly and Tree-of-Heaven with iMapInvasives

September 14, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Registration is required


Identifying Invasive Sleeper Species in the Northeast Coffee Talk

What is a sleeper species? Would you like to know which plants may cause future ecological and socioeconomic harm in the Northeast (CT, ME, MA, NH, NY, RI, VT)? Join us for our upcoming coffee talk to dive into our latest Management Challenge, "Are you Sleeping? Are you Sleeping? Predicting Invasion Potential of Non-Native Plants." We will discuss the criteria we chose to make a priority sleeper species list, any questions you may bring to the table, and next steps for planning ahead. 

September 13, 2022 @ 03:00 PM  |  Registration required for Free webinar


Upcoming Cornell Extension and Research Seminars via Zoom

September 8 – Dr. Anna Wallis

8:45 - 9:45  “Opportunities for IPM in the NY Fruit Industry”­­


Meeting ID - 996 5412 9364

Passcode - 358393


September 13 – Dr. Emran Ali

8:45 - 9:45   "Integrating Stakeholder Needs into a Modern-Day IPM Program for Fruit Production"


Meeting ID - 921 0669 3355

Passcode - 756506


September 15 – Dr. German Vargas

8:45 - 9:45   A Tale of Three Pests: Exploring IPM in the Sugarcane Borers, the Banana Stem Borer, and the Hibiscus Bud Weevil”


Meeting ID - 974 4218 9251

Passcode – 738499


GPN Plant Health Management Week Registration

Plant Health Management Week will feature three 1-hour interactive webcasts with industry experts discussing pest control, disease management and plant growth regulators. The webcast series is interactive and designed to provide growers with the latest insight, production tips, and guidelines to grow successfully.

Register Here

September 27, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

The Effects of Water Quality on Pesticide Effectiveness with Dr. Raymond Cloyd

September 28, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

Disease Management with Dr. Carrie Lapaire Harmon

September 29, 2022 @ 2:00 PM

Plant Growth Regulators with Dr. Roberto Lopez


BGRI (Borlaug Global Rust Initiative) Technical Workshop to be held Sept. 9 with International Wheat Congress

At the workshop, presenters from around the globe will lead in-depth talks and discussions on critical areas of wheat science, including plant breeding, pathogen surveillance, climate resilience/abiotic stresses, seed systems and variety adoption. Alison Bentley, director of the Global Wheat Program at CIMMYT, will provide the keynote address. 

Free Registration


What’s Bugging You? First Friday Events (New York State IPM Program)

Fridays | 12:00 pm. – 12:30 p.m. EDT | Zoom | Free; registration required

The first Friday of each month, spend half an hour over lunch learning about practical solutions for pest problems with the New York State IPM Program. Each presentation will end with an IPM Minute.

Register to attend these monthly events. Submit photos of how you are implementing IPM to the “IPM and You Photo Contest.”

Recordings of past presentations are also available.

Upcoming First Friday Events:

  • October 7, 2022: Fall lawn IPM: managing leaves and ticks (IPM Minute: Is that a praying mantis egg case?)
  • November 4, 2022: Repellents, fencing, and other IPM approaches for managing deer damage (IPM Minute: Where you chuck your pumpkins matters)
  • December 2, 2022: Homeowner update on emerald ash borer management (IPM Minute: Creepy crawly Christmas—what to do if you find insects in your Christmas tree)


tHRIVe web series (Horticultural Research Institute)

Free and open to the public, registration required. Times listed are Eastern Time.

  1. September 7, 2022 | 1:00 p.m.: How do weather and climate impact boxwood blight? A modeling approach to aiding in boxwood disease management
  2. October 4, 2022 | 10:00 a.m.: Controlling Nostoc, a slippery hazard for nursery workers
  3. November 3, 2022 | 11:00 a.m.: Smart Plants—Magical interactions between flowers and their pollinators


UMass Extension’s Green School (University of Massachusetts Extension)

October 25, 2022 – December 15, 2022 | 3 hours (plus break) on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons | $900 early bird, $1,025 regular, scholarships available

A comprehensive 60-plus-hour-certificate short course that offers fundamental horticultural training in a compact time frame. The program is designed for professional practitioners such as landscapers, lawn care providers, nursery operators, sports field managers, public and private grounds managers, arborists, professional gardeners, landscape and garden designers, and others in the green industries. Both experienced professionals and those aspiring to be will benefit from this course.

Registration deadline October 18. For early-bird tuition rate, register by September 15.


Employment Opportunities

Program Associate I

Rutgers University

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, is seeking a Program Associate I for the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources. This position will serve as the North Jersey Tree Fruit IPM Coordinator and reports to the Fruit IPM Agent in the Department of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension (RCE). This position provides leadership and support, in collaboration with the Fruit IPM Agent, other county faculty and specialists, in identifying and conducting integrated pest management (IPM) program needs, coordination and general program support for commercial tree fruit, grape and other fruit growers.

Application deadline October 1, 2022


Tenure Track Assistant Professor, Medical Entomology

University of Delaware

The Department of Entomology and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware seeks to fill a tenure-track faculty position in Vector Biology / Medical Entomology. The position is a 9-month appointment (paid over 12 months) with responsibilities in teaching and research; responsibilities are allocated as 55% research, 40% teaching, and 5% service.

DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin 1 November 2022 with interviews in early 2023


Small Farms Program/Extension Aide III

Cornell University

This position will provide administrative, logistical, and overall support for the Small Farms Program. The Small Farms Program Administrative Assistant will be responsible for drafting correspondence, gathering information for outreach and communications, maintaining filing systems and databases, collating information for monthly reports, designing progress tracking systems and creating program reports, scheduling meetings, compiling agendas and materials, assisting with procurement, processing departmental charges and fund transfers, and supporting overall program operations.


Assistant/Associate Extension Educator in Pesticide Safety and Integrated Pest Management

University of Connecticut, UConn Extension

The candidate will work in areas complementary to pesticide safety and risk assessment, including but not restricted to traditional, organic, and genetically engineered pest controls, their ecological and evolutionary impacts, regulatory issues, human health, and socio-economic effects, or related topics. The focus will be to build an Extension program creating climate and economically resilient agricultural and general pest management systems. The successful applicant will develop an interdisciplinary education and applied research program in pesticide safety addressing diverse cropping systems that include ornamental and turfgrass crops, greenhouse, food, and forage crops as well as other pest-related issues.

Application deadline October 20, 2022


Pesticide Safety Education Program Coordinator

University of California, UC ANR - Davis

This position serves as the Pesticide Safety Education Coordinator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency/U.S. Department of Agriculture (EPA/USDA) pesticide safety program, interacting with federal, state, and county personnel to ensure safe, legal, and effective pesticide use. The coordinator assists California pesticide users, especially licensed professional applicators of restricted use and general use pesticide products and private applicators (growers), with their educational needs related to pesticide pre-license and re-certification. In addition, the coordinator supports train-the-trainer needs of individuals who must train field workers and pesticide handlers, and supports UC IPM Urban and community outreach to urban audiences consumers.

Application deadline October 7, 2022


Post-Doctoral Research Associate - Beneficial Insects Lab

UMass Amherst

Conduct research on biological control of the emerald ash borer with a focus on population dynamics of both the target pests and introduced parasitoids.  Research will occur both in a laboratory and in forests across the U.S and involves modeling both spatial and temporal dynamics of north American ash recovery in relation to levels of EAB infestations or densities due to the impact of both introduced and endemic natural enemies in various climatic/geographic regions in North America.

Application deadline not listed


Grape IPM Coordinator (New York State IPM Program)

Cornell University

  1. Announcement page: https://blogs.cornell.edu/nysipm/2022/07/01/grape-ipm-coordinator-position-opening/
  2. Application page: https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/21986

As an innovative and experienced educator, you will expand knowledge and access to sustainable pest management practices in grape agroecosystems. You will work collaboratively, across disciplines, and with a variety of stakeholders, to develop, demonstrate, and guide IPM implementation efforts in grapes across New York State, the third-largest wine-producing state in the nation.

Application deadline September 30, 2022.


Extension State Specialist, Soil Health

University of New Hampshire Extension

The UNH Extension state specialist in soil health provides statewide leadership in soil health and fertility in agricultural systems. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position based at the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, NH, campus. It is a non-tenure track, 100% extension appointment. The specialist will oversee the UNH Soil Testing Service, maintaining and updating associated fertility recommendations. PhD in soil science, agronomy, or a related discipline with an emphasis in soil nutrient management, soil biology, or environmental soil chemistry in preferred. A strong candidate with an MS degree and extensive experience may be considered. Contact Extension Food & Agriculture Program team leader Amy Papineau (603-272-6497, amy.papineau@unh.edu).

Open until filled.


Extension State Specialist, Entomology and Integrated Pest Management

University of New Hampshire Extension

Position based at University of New Hampshire's Durham campus.

The extension state specialist in entomology and IPM provides statewide leadership in agricultural IPM, undertaking engaged outreach as the state’s IPM coordinator and serving as project director on extension’s federally funded IPM Extension Implementation Plan. This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position based at the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, NH, campus. It is a non-tenure-track, 100% extension appointment.

Open until filled.


Extension State Specialist, Plant Pathology

University of New Hampshire Extension

The extension state specialist in plant pathology directs and operates all aspects of the UNH Plant Disease Diagnostic Lab, including diagnosis of plant health problems and communication of results, maintaining sample information and data, and supervising staff. The lab provides diagnostic services for plant health issues for commercial producers, home horticulturists, landscapers, turf managers, arborists, extension staff, state and regulatory agencies, and others, and is a member of the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN). This is a full-time, benefits-eligible position located on the University of New Hampshire’s Durham, NH, campus. It is a non-tenure track, 100% extension appointment. Contact Extension Food & Agriculture Program team leader Amy Papineau (603-272-6497, amy.papineau@unh.edu)

Open until filled.


WNY PRISM is Hiring! Community Science and Engagement Program Manager

The Community Science and Engagement Program Manager (Program Manager) will work to engage community members and our partners in efforts to prevent, monitor and manage invasive species by leading education and outreach programs for WNY PRISM. This involves implementing community science programs and coordinating volunteer efforts, communication with the public and partners, event coordination (workshops, meetings and presentations), extensive record keeping, development of outreach, instructional materials and online content, coordination of social media and maintenance of the WNY PRISM website. The Program Manager will also hire, train, and supervise a seasonal Education and Outreach Assistant (May – September) who will work alongside the Program Manager to assist with tasks and lead outreach efforts

This is a full-time position located in Buffalo, NY with a target start date of October 11, 2022. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 16, 2022. Please follow all application instructions. Failure to do so may disqualify you from the position.


Tenure Track Assistant Professor Oregon State University

Associate Professor position in the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Department of Environmental and Molecular Toxicology at Oregon State University. The focus of this tenure-track environmental toxicology and/or chemistry research and Extension position is to foster sustainable agricultural practices, as well as address stakeholder concerns for potential impacts on human and environmental health.

Full Consideration Date


Closing Date



Funding Opportunities

Farmer Grant Program - 2023 Call for Proposals

Northeast SARE offers grants to farmers to explore new concepts in sustainable agriculture conducted
through experiments, surveys, prototypes, on-farm demonstrations or other research and education
Farmer Grant projects address issues that affect farming with long-term sustainability in mind.
Competitive proposals explore new ideas and techniques or apply known ideas in new ways or with new
communities. Reviewers look to fund projects that are well-designed to meet proposed objectives and
promise the greatest benefit to farming communities.
A wide variety of topics can be funded by Northeast SARE, including marketing and business, crop
production, raising livestock, aquaculture, social sustainability, climate-smart agriculture practices, urban and Indigenous agriculture and much more.
For guidance on how to design your project, refer to SARE’s bulletin, How to Conduct Research on
Your Farm or Ranch
. To see examples of funded Farmer Grant projects, visit the national SARE project
database at projects.sare.org/search-projects/

Important Dates

The online system will open to accept proposals starting on: October 1, 2022
Proposals, with all required attachments, are due no later than: November 15, 2022, 5:00 p.m. ET


Apply Now for the Conservation Innovation Grants Classic Program

USDA will invest $15 million this year for the Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG) Classic program. Through CIG, grantees work to address our nation's water quality, water quantity, air quality, soil health and wildlife habitat challenges, all while supporting agricultural production. This year’s funding priorities are climate-smart agriculture, addressing invasive species and conservation in urban agricultural systems.??

Deadline: October 11, 2022